Summer is already upon us in central Texas, and naturally the warm weather is only going to continue to get warmer.
For those of us with wood installations in our homes, whether that is in the form of wood flooring, walls, or furniture, the increase in heat should be paid special attention to.
Because wood is a natural material, and was at one point organic, it contains some amount of moisture. It also has the ability to absorb or lose moisture, depending on the conditions of the air around it.
As the temperature and humidity continues to climb in the summer of 2017, there will be more and more humidity in the air of your home. There are of course many things that you can do to reduce the humidity of your home. Using de-humidifiers, keeping your window blinds or drapes closed, and keeping airflow controlled within the house can all make for a pleasant indoor central Texas summer!
But if your home’s interior temperature and humidity do rise, be prepared for your wood flooring or wood fixtures to expand. This will most likely be seen on large surfaces of wood, such as flooring. You may or may not have noticed that in the cool of winter some cracks started to appear in your wood floors. This is natural, because as the air cools down and dries out (as is especially prevalent in central Texas), moisture is pulled from the wood and into the air, shrinking the wood.
Wood will contract when there is dry air around it, and expand when there is humid air around it. If you feel warm inside, you can bet that your wood “feels” warm too. Take that as an indication that it is time to adjust the temperature somehow.
Do your best this summer to keep the interior of your home at a mild temperature to prevent over expansion of your wood installations.